Qatar Airways will be operating more flights to the Scottish capital from April.

The Scotsman reports that Qatar Airways will be operating an additional afternoon flight every Monday from Edinburgh.

Between July and September (peak months for Scottish tourism) that afternoon flight will also operate every Wednesday and Friday.

One of its A350-900 aircraft will be deployed for these flights, which will operate as follows:

  • Edinburgh-Doha QR030 1540-0040 (following day)
  • Doha-Edinburgh QR029 0745-1315

Quoted by The Scotsman, Edinburgh airport’s CEO Gordon Dewar said, “We are delighted to confirm this additional capacity with Qatar Airways, which signals how strong the route to Doha is performing.”

Of course Doha and the other Gulf airports are global hubs.  It means that Scottish travellers have access to/from a wide range of destinations in Africa, Asia and Australasia.

Although Edinburgh lost Etihad last Autumn is quickly gained a replacement in the shape of Emirates.

The increasing number of foreign airlines tapping into British Airways long-haul network is doubtless the reason why it introduced a domestic business class and has had to improve the transit experience at London Heathrow.

Another development is that Qatar Airways’ customers can look forward to new seating.

At the recent CAPA (Centre for Aviation) conference in Doha, Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al-Baker said his airline will be unveiling new designs for economy and business class seating.

Economy class will be especially interesting considering that Qatar Airways does not currently offer a premium economy product.

The new economy class will be shown at the ITB trade fair next month in Berlin with business class to be displayed at ITB in 2020.

Our Tom Otley will be attending ITB and will be reporting back from the show.